Corona Virus

Please see below for the Mass times at Our Lady's - Haigh and Holy Family - New Springs

Whilst we do not yet offer online live streaming of our Mass celebrations there are other churches that do. 

At present Live Streaming of masses is available from different churches the nearest one we are aware of is at St Vincent’s, Over Hulton.  They already live stream.  please follow the link to live stream services.  Their website is


Sunday mass at St Vincent’s is at 10.00am.


Walsingham is also live streaming all its services – their website

Further options can be found here: 

If you would like to make a donation to Our Lady's Haigh please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to make a donation to Holy Family, New Springs please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.

Church opening times



Vigil Mass - Saturday at 6.00pm and the Sunday Mass at 9.30am, both at Our Lady’s.


Sunday Mass - Holy Family at 11.15am.


Parishioners are reminded that, at present, there is still no obligation to attend Mass. We will let you know when this changes.

There are no mid-week Masses planned for the near future.

The Parish of Haigh, Aspull & Blackrod

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was founded in the mid 1850's and is part of the R.C. Diocese of Salford. The Church was blessed and opened in 1858, the year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes. The Church was re-ordered in the 1990's and several new stained-glass windows were installed, some made in Blackrod, and are an interesting feature of the Church.

Holy Family Parish, New Springs, was funded from Our Lady's in 1898 and in 2009 clebrated the Golden Jubilee of its Church. The community of Blackrod, Bolton, had a chapel-of-ease from 1960 to 2009 when St. Andrews Church Hall was closed.

All three areas - Haigh & Aspull, Blackrod and New Springs are now served from Our Lady's.

Rev Kevin Foulkes

48 Haigh Road
Wigan WN2 1YA

TEL: 01942 516732

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Sacrament of Reconciliation


11:30 - 12 noon

As announced


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A Parish History    ~   1858-2018

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Mr Livesey & Mr West have worked with local parishioners to produce a book about the history of our parish and school, they have kindly allowed us to reproduce an electronic version of their book, available on the Parish Page, CLICK HERE to read it.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book CLICK HERE



It is a privilege and honour to write the forward to the Parish History of Our Lady’s Parish, on its 160th Anniversary.


It has also been a privilege and honour, and a pleasure, to serve as Our Lady’s Parish Priest since 1997 – following in the footsteps of my twenty-six predecessors.


Saint Peter writes ‘He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.’ (Peter 2:3-5)


We are the living stones of this Christian community – commissioned as ‘missionary disciples’ to be Christ’s ‘ambassadors’ (St. Paul Cor. 5:20) in loving witness, worship and service to our community.


There have been many changes over these 160 years – in the Church, Society, Education and the design of Our Lady’s Church. The priests and people of Our Lady’s Parish have experienced many joyful family and Parish celebrations but also wars, peace, poverty and economic depressions, through twelve Pontificates and six Reigns – and we too are facing a challenging time for the Catholic Church. Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman wrote that ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often’.


And so, building on and celebrating our heritage – the stones of Our Lady’s Church, and the ‘living stones’ of our dedicated, faithful and often courageous priests, parishioners and teachers in our Parish School we can face the future with confidence. We do so knowing that Jesus, Our Risen Lord, has promised to be with his Church forever. (Matthew 28:20)


I commend this publication to be read and enjoyed by everyone.


Many thanks to Phil Livesey and Neil West for their initiative to begin and to bring this book to completion and to all who have collaborated with them, with their own very interesting and often amusing memories! God bless you all.


Fr Kevin C. Foulkes

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1st Sunday of Lent (B)


From the late Brother Nicholas Hutchinson, De La Salle Brother, from Volume 1 of “Praying Each Day of the Year”.
It was about 1890 when the Churchill family visited friends who had a large house and a swimming pool. The children went for a swim and one of them, Winston, began to drown in the pool. The others screamed for help. Into the pool jumped the son of the gardener of the house and he rescued the boy.
Winston Churchill’s parents were so grateful to the gardener’s lad that they asked his parents what they might do for him in return. They said, “He wants to be a doctor”. The Churchills agreed to pay his way through college so that he could train as a doctor. He would become world famous as Sir Alexander Fleming, the person who discovered Penicillin.

6th Sunday of the Year (B)


I was always an inquisitive child wanting to know “Why?” This applied to every aspect of life including religion. Why do we do that at Mass? Why do Catholics … ? Etc. And , every Ash Wednesday, that marks the beginning of Lent, “Why do we put ashes on our forehead?” when the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, that is always read on that day, discourages such a display. Please do listen, or read again, the passage from Matthew’s Gospel. It is about what the Lord expects of his followers, not if, but the imperative, when: When you give alms; When you pray; When you fast, and the manner in which this is to be done (Matthew, chapter 6, verses 1– 6 and 16—18). “When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face … so that no one will know that you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that you do in secret will reward you.”

5th Sunday of the Year (B)


Elizabeth Prout - Mother Mary Joseph Foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion
Elizabeth Prout was born in Shrewsbury in 1820. Her parents baptised her in the Anglican Church and in her early twenties she became a Catholic. She moved to Manchester in 1849. There, touched by the misery and deprivation of the poor, she and a few companions came together to form the community to help workers in the large industrial towns of nineteenth century northern England.
She has been described by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury as the ‘Mother Teresa of Manchester’. The community was directed and helped by two Passionist priests, Fr Rossi and Fr Ignatius Spencer. The Rule they followed was based on that of St Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists three hundred years ago this November.

4th Sunday of the Year (B)


The Fourth Sunday of the Year (B):
One of the most recent additions to the secular calendar is Holocaust Memorial Day that was celebrated this past Wednesday 27th January. It reminds us of the appalling numbers of deaths, mainly of European Jews, from the mid -1930s to the end of World War 2. Sadly, there have been many other genocides in recent years, including Rwanda and Bosnia. Now we are hearing of the suffering of the Uighur Muslims, mainly in China’s Xin Jiang Province.
It is with tremendous generosity that Jews share this year’s special day in memory of others of a different faith who are suffering today. They do so with an authority none can question or doubt, even though survivors and others who witnessed the Holocaust are fewer as time goes by. It has been said that to ignore the lessons of history condemns humanity to repeat its mistakes and that has happened repeatedly since the Second World War.

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